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You still seem to think there is a fundamental right to play football. There is not. The NFL is a private league that can set their own rules, lawmakers be damned so long as they have a reasonable basis for the rule, which they do.
If a player doesn't want to wait, they can play in the CFL or Arena League or choose a non-football job.
This post was edited by Thomas Sumter 18 months ago
He can be co-chairman of the WeJustWaitin fantasy league for a year with Johnny Manziel.
I actually find it fascinating that you presume to KNOW that playing in the NFL ever, much less right away, is what is in his best interests!!
Perhaps, what is in his best interests is to, at the very least, mature with life experiences a bit prior to having those ridiculous amounts of money showered on him so that he is able to support himself with said money long after his body fails him, whether its because he is injured almost as soon as he begins practicing w an NFL team ala McKinley, or simply because his time has come & gone according to him ala Lewis.
Many good posts have been made here pointing out that he does indeed have choices even if they are not his most preferred ones! And I absolutely agree that there is a huge gap between the fairness of schools & coaches getting rich on the hard work of these talented young men, a problem with NO simple solution mind you. But, sorry, while you can offer the idea that it could be beneficial to some, the argument that there should be exceptions in this situation more than any other do not fly. If you really prefer I can waste time & space listing many, but I do find it interesting that you have chosen not to respond to those replies that make solid counter arguments such as CockAtLaw's
The young man is a football player who loves to play the game. Im sure someone besides myself has the idea that that is what Lloyds of London does for a living.
Read this from a lawyer and journalist, who happens to be the own the best SEC centric site:
Trust me, Lattimore knows how lucky he is to have his talent, and to be able to get paid to play football. Lattimore is fine, and doesn't want, or need anyone's pity.
Having to play in college for 3 yrs is not cruel. These guys need to prepare themselves mentally also. There is no 18 yr old in the world who should get a paycheck for millions. Waiting 3 yrs is best for all involved.
Ally will beat the crap out of Uga.
I agree with this. Clowney needs time to mature. I also think there needs to be some sort of class or program with the athletic system that teaches the athletes how to handle money on that scale. Some of them spend everything they make and end up with nothing.
Do they all know how to make and follow a budget, choose investments, or even balance a checkbook? Sure, they can hire financial managers, but they can get screwed royally that way if they don't know how to look at the figures themselves.
If the attention without the money can mess with them on a college level, I cannot imagine how difficult the adjustment must be to go to the national spotlight AND have boatloads of money.
These arguments about maturity and handling money wisely assume that the athlete will not get hurt and lose the ability to make the money in the first place.
The nextogic step in this type thinking is to say "we'll, if he get's hurt, it's no great loss of money because he would have spent it unwisely had he gotten it last year."
People of all ages spend money profligately. Even so called financial experts.
Wouldn't it be better to pay the athlete let him decide. Some in this country do nothing but harp on personal responsibility. Unless the young person weighs 220 pounds and runs a 4.3 40 at age 19. Then he must be protected from spending the money his genetic gifts brought him.
Have all the classes you want. I'm for it. But young men always waste money, the biggest money loser being divorce.
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